Mangaluru, Nov 19, 2017: The Sixth Additional District and Sessions Court has acquitted four accused in the case of rape and murder of a young woman in Uppinangady police station limits in the year 2011.
Those acquitted are Anand, Ramesh, Keshav and Veerappa.
Rekha, the daughter of Podiya Mugera of Nelyadi who had been to purchase medicine on November 6 at 9 am had not returned home following which her family had lodged a missing complaint.
A few days later a decomposed body of a woman was found at Daddalu Palike in Kaukrady village. On the basis of the ration card and umbrella found near the body, police had identified it as that of Rekha.
Investigations revealed that she had spoken to Keshav and Ramesh, her relatives on November 5 and that some people had seen her travelling in a jeep with four persons. On the basis of this the police had arrested the four persons who reportedly had admitted that they had taken Rekha to an isolated forest area at Daddalpalle in Kaukrady where they raped her and had strangled her to death using her saree.
It is said one of the accused Ramesh was in love with Rekha and had even developed physical relationship with her following which she was pregnant. Realising that this may create trouble, he had allegedly murdered Rekha with the help of his friends.
The court has now acquitted the accused on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to furnish suitable evidences to prove the charges.